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berries with nut mixture topped with whipped cream on plate.
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Berry Crumble (No Bake, 10 Minutes)

If you're looking to serve something healthy and light and a few notches above plain berries, this no-bake Berry Crumble is the ticket. Fresh berries topped with a rich nut-date mixture (and whipped cream if you like) - ready in 10 minutes.
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 8
Author: Cheryl


  • 6 cups any combination of berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, blackberries)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more if berries are not sweet enough
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Nut-Date Mixture

  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped into small pieces 1/2 inch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whipped Cream (Optional)

  • 1 cup cold [heavy] whipping cream (35%) about 1/2 pint
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon granulated (regular) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract preferably pure
  • orange zest (optional), 1/2-1 tsp


  • PREPARE BERRIES: Wash and pat berries dry with a paper towel. Slice strawberries if using (or cut them in smaller pieces. Place in serving dish approximately 7 x 11 or 9 x 9 or 10 x 10 inches (28 x 18 or 23 x 23 or 25 x 25 cm). Add maple syrup and toss to coat evenly. Taste berries and add more if needed. Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp orange zest if using.
  • MAKE DATE-NUT TOPPING: Place ingredients for nut date mixture in food processor. Pulse 8-10 times until coarsely ground.
  • ASSEMBLE: Scatter topping over berries. Serve plain or with whipped cream (Note 1) or ice cream.


  1. To make whipped cream: Place whipping cream, vanilla, sugar, and zest if using in a small food processor bowl (or a glass bowl if you're using a handheld mixer or immersion blender). Beat until soft peaks form, scraping down sides if needed. Be careful not to over-whip to a butter consistency. Peaks should stand up fairly well - a slight droop is ok.
  2. Variations:
    • Sprinkle toasted coconut on top.
    • Toast the nuts before making the nut-date mixture.
    • Add other fresh fruit such as peaches or mangoes to the berries.
    • Substitute the dates with dried cranberries
    • Add a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness if you have tart berries.
  3. To make ahead
    • This dessert is best fresh, but leftovers still taste good the next day. The texture is admittedly softer, but the flavors are more blended.
    • You can make this dessert several hours ahead and keep it chilled in the fridge.
    • If you need to make the dessert the day before, store the berries and nut-date mixture separately. Keep the berries in the fridge and the nut mixture on the counter.
Nutrition values are estimates and include whipped cream.
Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg